As deadly Brazilian snake venom is 75 percent efficient in suppressing the virus, Covid has made a breakthrough.
IN THE FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19, SCIENTISTS MAY HAVE FOUND AN UNUSUAL ally, with a pioneering study indicating that the venom of a Brazilian pit viper could help eradicate the coronavirus.
The dreaded Bothrops jararacussu is a highly poisonous viper that is native to Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia, and parts of Argentina. The black-and-yellow-scaled snake may grow up to 7.2 feet (2.2 meters) in length and has venom that can kill up to 16 people at once. When the predator strikes, the unfortunate victim experiences shock, internal bleeding, necrosis, and liver failure, among other unpleasant symptoms.
Scientists have explored this strong venom as a technique of combating COVID-19, which may come as a surprise.
A specific ingredient found in the venom can connect to an enzyme present in the coronavirus, according to new study published in the journal Molecules.
So far, the results are promising: the venom ingredient has been shown to prevent the virus from multiplying by up to 75%.
The researchers are certain that their discovery will lead to the development of new anti-Covid medications.
“We were able to show that this component of snake venom was able to suppress a very key protein from the virus,” said Rafael Guido, a professor at the University of Sao Paolo.
The researchers were able to recover pieces of a peptide, which is a short chain of amino acids that can join the PLPro enzyme in the virus that causes COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2.
The PLPro enzyme is essential for the virus’s capacity to replicate without causing harm to its host cells.
“We’re worried of individuals going out to hunt the jararacussu over Brazil, thinking they’re going to save the world,” said Giuseppe Puorto, a reptile expert in Sao Paolo. That’s not the case!
“The coronavirus will not be cured by the venom itself.”
The good news is that scientists can now synthesize the peptides in the lab, removing the need to hunt for jararacussu.
The researchers have only worked with monkey cells so far, but the results look promising.
According to Reuters, they will now investigate the efficacy of various doses of the chemical.
The researchers will also see if the chemical can stop the coronavirus from infecting the cell in the first place.
This isn’t the first time scientists have turned to snake venom to create medications.
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